‘Rockline’ Host Bob Coburn Dies After Cancer Battle
Bob Coburn, the influential DJ and longtime host of the syndicated radio program Rockline, has died after a battle with lung cancer.
Yesterday, his station, KLOS in Los Angeles, announced that Coburn had stage four lung cancer and was not expected to live much longer.
“It’s with very heavy hearts we let you know our KLOS family member and Godfather of Rock & Roll, Bob Coburn is down to his final days on this planet,” reads a statement on their website. “Bob was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer earlier this year, and while he has been fighting like a champion ever since, all rock and roll journeys eventually come to an end. Bob is comfortable, in good spirits, and he’s spending his final time with his family.”
The station is asking his longtime listeners to share their memories of Coburn, either by calling or sending a text to the studio at 1-800-955-KLOS or by posting it to a special “Tribute to Bob Coburn” page they’ve created on Facebook.
A native of Dallas, Coburn began deejaying in the late ‘60s near his hometown of Dallas. He did stints in Chicago and San Diego and other cities before winding up at KLOS in 1980. He began hosting Rockline in October 1981, a few months after the show debuted, but was replaced in 1994. He returned three years later — even purchasing the show in 2002 — and remained there until the show ceased production in 2014. Speaking to All Access last year, he cited interviews with George Harrison, Van Halen and David Bowie as being among his favorites, and added that, of the rockers who were alive during the show’s run, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton were the only major guests he was unable to interview.
Rockers We've Lost in 2016